Tottenham v Arsenal postponement explanation in full


Tottenham v Arsenal postponed.

Tottenham Hotspur’s meeting with Arsenal on Sunday has been officially postponed due to Covid-19 cases and injuries in the Gunners’ squad.

On Friday, Arsenal officially requested the postponement of the game after they were reported to have players absent with Covid-19.

Premier League statement.

The club also have players away at the Africa Cup of Nations, while midfielder Granit Xhaka was due to serve a suspension after his red card in the 0-0 Carabao Cup draw with Liverpool on Thursday.

The Premier League have explained their decision with the following statement:

“Following a request from Arsenal FC, the Premier League Board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 4:30pm on Sunday 16 January.

Arsenal have “fewer than the required number.”

“With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club’s application. The decision is a result of a combination of COVID-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infections are a factor in their request.

“The League apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who would have attended or watched the game – we are fully aware that postponements disappoint clubs and fans. The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk.

“The Premier League’s postponement rules are designed to protect the wellbeing of players and staff, while maintaining the sporting integrity of the competition. Club requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the Omicron variant.

“The Board examines a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of COVID-19; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The detail within all applications is scrutinised by the League’s specialist staff before the Board makes its decision.”

Premier League fixture chaos.

The fixture is the latest in a series of Premier League matches that been postponed in recent weeks, and follows on the back of Saturday’s meeting between Burnley and Leicester City being called off.

At the time of writing, the Premier League fixture calendar now has 18 matches that need to be rearranged, a situation that is sure to lead to massive congestion over the coming months.

As things stand, Manchester City and Chelsea, incidentally the top two teams in the table, are the only sides to play their full allocation of 22 matches at this point in the season, although West Ham United are expected to join them on that number when they host Leeds on Sunday.

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